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The opening face off is over, it’s game on! The Canucks faced the Sharks in San Jose for their first game of the season. The result was less than favorable in Vancouver, but thankfully the season isn’t one game.
The Canucks took to the ice with a new look offense, shoot first and ask questions later. To start it looked that way. Vancouver was in it early, well, Roberto Luongo was in it early. In what? A little bit of the dirty creek without a paddle. Thankfully for the Canuck faithful, its Roberto Luongo. Great save after magnificent great save, Luongo looked all-world early.
After bailing his team out, the Nucks would go to the power play and Jason Garrison didn’t waste time letting his new coach know that it was a good idea to put him on the first unit. A little wizardry from two Swedish mafia snipers back to Garrison for the first goal of the young Canuck season. Sadly, the “celebration lights” ended there. Vancouver would fail to score another goal, and for awhile, it might have held up.
So despite the loss and the goals and the penalties we took and the goals we didn't score and the tons of shot blocking, Luongo looked great
— Ryan H (@hankthetank10) October 4, 2013
San Jose eventually got on the scoreboard when Brent Burns came down the wing and absolutely darted a laser beam past Mr. Luongo. Im still impressed. Justin Braun had a seeing eye shot that put the Sharks ahead for good. Patrick Marleau and Tommie Wingels would add goals for a 4-1 Sharks win.
What looked good for Vancouver:
Their shot blocking definitely paid off last night. Their work ethic into those shots kept them in the game for a long time. Roberto Luongo looked like he was in prime form. A few goals by his team would really help him out. The goals that went in were unfortunate and that was about it. He looked like he was ready to breakout.
The Sedins looked great too! No ring rust there. Daniel and Henrik just need to bury those chances. Their assists are obviously in gear.
What looked the same for Vancouver:
Not enough clean shots on net, not enough shots on net and the one that matters, not enough goals. Its game one but it looked like they could have put a few more in the net. To be fair, Antti Niemi made some lucky saves too. A big no no was the amount of penalties the Canucks took. They offered 8 powerplays to San Jose. Thank goodness their PK was amazing.
One game in, the Canucks need work. They’ll be happy to have Zack Kassian back in 4 games. It wasn’t awful and it wasn’t a gem. Give the Canucks a C+ overall.
Vancouver hosts Edmonton on Saturday night. The home opener will be a great night. Rogers Arena has installed “celebration lights”. This may be lame, not gonna lie. Look for a review of the celebration lights after Saturday’s game.
It’s hockey season folks. It’s going to be a great ride!
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